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I can't imagine ever selling any of my games. I've got room, and I like being able to show off my collection. :)
That said, I think it'll be a long while until I play Empires of the Middle Ages again. I played several scenario games and even got through 35 hours of a campaign game, but the game just lacks.. something. I'm sure it could be made better, but I won't have time for it until I retire, and retirement's a good 30 years away.
Everything else either is great and I'll play it again sometime, or it sucks and I won't play it again.
I just don't have the time for large long games anymore. I like to get in and get out as it goes.
I would rather play a couple of 2 and 3 hour games then some long drawn out game.
I do not like selling my games but I'm in the process of playing some of them a few times and If I do not think the family or friends will want to play it again of I do not like it ,,,,, it gets sold.
Thinning the heard.
No no no - doesn't happen.
If I liked it, I still do.
Just pulled out Empires of the Middle Ages for it's first play in over a decade -
and I still love it.
I don't abandon dogs willingly either though.
Only ONE game I parted with (and I regret for doing so) - Down in Flames: Rise of the Luftwaffe.
PanzerBlitz, Arabs and Israelis, Panzer Leader. I played PzBlitz while in college in the 70s. One of my friends, Doyle, would only play the Germans. I played him a few times, but my Russians usually got wiped out by the Wespes and Hummels. Doyle had a battery-powered dice rolling machine, picture a kinda "one-armed bandit", which he operated. I could never get die rolls then I figured out that if he pulled the lever then released it quickly, the machine yielded low die rolls (he did this during his turn). In my turn, he let the machine run for a few more seconds which usually gave me an ineffective die roll. We went back to rolling dice soon after.
Also said good bye to AH Longest Day (monster game), Europa series, and Lee's Terrible Swift Sword.
OK I have not freed myself of any games recently but I remember selling my original copy of Squad Leader in the early 80s to a school friend. Almost immediately I regretted the decision and ended up buying a new copy within a year.
Currently I have quite a few games that I do not play and have thought of getting rid of due to time, space, etc. When the moment of truth comes however I find myself thinking, "no not yet I still want to keep it for the future." I am thinking that my feelings are not unique. I hope to be able to free up some space in the future but I truly want the games to go to someone who will play them and appreciate them not just collect and try to resell.
SL was the tactical game to play, but before that was SPI's Firefight and Search and Destroy. Went to ASL but the game is not about infantry tactic's but how well you can game the rules. Gamers TCS and Critcal Hits ATS are much better tactical game rule feel about them. You play the tactical side of the rules. Plus you play on actully terrain you can stink your teeth in. I have the whole ASL game system but it just sits on the shelf. I break out TCS games with operational plans I drew up before, shuffle them and go at it.
Sorry but most of the Command magazine games looked great at first but on second plays were old, but they were so promising in graphic's and styles. I kept Proud Monster and the Great War but hardly play them.
I always thought GRUNT! and SEARCH AND DESTROY were tremendous games in the their day. TCS is, to my mind, the best tactical simulation; ATS and ASL generate good narratives/stories; certainly ATS has a lot of plusses over ASL.
I need to part with my old Command PROUD MONSTER/DEATH AND DESTRUCTION and GREAT WAR IN EUROPE now that Compass Games has come out with an update/deluxe version of the former and GMT published the latter....
I've come to the grudging conclusion that I'm just never going to get back into tactical games. So after bringing my copy of Yaquinto's 88 with me through several moves (California to Chicago to Maryland to Virginia to Chicago), I put it on the market and out there for trade on BGG. Ironically enough, the thing I long speculated was overdue with friends, that somebody should get the rights to Panzer/Armor/88 and reprint what I felt was a much superior armor system to ASL (ducking), GMT's on top of that now, and more power to them. But my old 88 has still got to go.
I also sold my UP copy of SPI's old "Swords & Sorcery" recently: Another classic from the period, but I just didn't envision the opportunity arising where I could get it onto the table.